Saturday, February 10, 2018

Swollen lake, Branch Mad doggie

LOUGH REE FULL TO OVERFLOWING, INVADING THE TREES



AWAY FROM THE DAMP PATHS CONNIE HAS SPORT WITH A DECENT-SIZED BRANCH










THE LYME TREE BESIDE THE HOUSE HAD TO COME DOWN ( :(  ). IT WAS LEANING TOO MUCH. 
 A CHANCE TO SEE AND SMELL THE BEAUTIFUL INTERIOR 
LEFT A STUMP TO SIT ON 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Another Wet One ...Scary Clonmacnoise

Another dark wet early February afternoon ..... Stay in at the fire? Not at all!

Went to Clonmacnoise in Co. Offaly.
I've been there several times before - mostly on balmy sunny days and it was serene and lovely.

Today it was nothing short of scary.
The ancient castle falling endlessly from the mound looked very eerie - and very atmospheric

... I loved it :).








Saturday, January 27, 2018

Early Flowers are Waking UP

Despite the dull days, here come the early flowers:

The Helebore in the garden

and the mini-daffodils


Snow drops by the banks of the canal


The Shannon is swollen - but full of energy too.......as is Connie, red Border Collie, even old Huddie is on the march




Tuesday, January 23, 2018

January 2018 - a cold one!

So it rained .... and rained some more and got pretty cold but don't let that stop you!

So we decided to go to Fore, Co. Westmeath and look at its "Seven Wonders"
Very atmospheric indeed.
Just took a few shots - below.

A rainy day in Fore, Co. Westmeath




and a bit spookey...




Thursday, January 11, 2018

A Reminder of this Xmas bling

Did not get a tree - with cut down or growing - this year for various reasons.
Instead put some branches in a pot filled with white pebbles and adorned them with little gold balls and silver ornament and tinsel all of which have been around for many years.
Not a great photo below - it actually looked pretty good especially at night with its white lights on.



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The holly in this wreath was really vicious - had to wear gloved to make the wreath.



A Little Snow

There was indeed a little snow this winter , early December 2017. Not for Christmas but it set the season none the less. It was short-lived but made some nice scenes while it lasted.




Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Before 2017 ends - some recollections


2017 recall:


The Flowers, trees and shrubs stepped up this summer



















As did the fruit


Early baby courgettes - eventually grew huge - and to my surprise still tasted good

One of the four apple trees seems to have its fruit attacked buy a moth

...........................but it later cleared and we got a huge crop of apples, eaters and cookers.







turned into some nice apple juice too

And apple foam:
There were plenty of striking sunsets








Some of the canines I walked during the summer and autumn this year.













And one of many felines liberated form and lab-cat breeder.


Attended an agricultural show in Tullamore - so of course I had to notice the craft stand the most:






The Old Ticket Office by the canal is stil standing




A knitted blanket for a new baby who enjoys a snooze:




A visit to Donegal ...love the seaweed and the stones 
among other things.







and a good lobster dinner. 




WASPS!!!
They moved into our seldom-used doghouse early this summer.

They accessed it through the little vent at the back, which I had failed to block with chickwire which is what I usually do.


They came and went through the hole in their thousands - and I became somewhat fascinated with them. I assumed they would die out towards the end of autumn - but NO, they went on and on well into the second week of December. Only after a very cold spell did they seem to die away and I plucked up the courage to look inside (or rather poke my camera inside).

There at the back hung their amazing hive:



We removed it later this month to find such a delicate powdery (yet somehow sinister) structure

 





I've kept this in a box in the garage for the moment - not really sure why!!



A very prim Connie:



She's looking forward to WolfTide!!